The FDA And Nutrition Labels: Time For A Makeover?

THE NEWLY PROPOSED NUTRITION LABEL

Looks like the newest potential makeover to take place in the U.S. isn’t the basis of some nighttime reality TV show….  The Food and Drug Administration is in talks to makeover and revise the nutrition labels that break down calories, serving sizes, and other food facts in an attempt to fight the national obesity epidemic.  According to the FDA, some of the changes could be proposed as soon as the end of this year.

Considering the current nutrition labels can be overly misleading, this may be a positive shift for consumers mindful of their health.  One meaningful proposed change has to do with serving size, or better yet, portion sizes better reflecting reality.  As of now, a 3-ounce bag of chips, which most would consider a single portion, contains 3 servings.  A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains 2.5 servings. And let’s be honest, how many soda drinkers do you know sharing their one bottle of Coke with a friend and half of another friend?  Additional proposed changes include a greater emphasis on calories with less emphasis on daily percent values and calories from fat, which the FDA claims haven’t been useful to consumers in the past.

Personally, I’d like to see a label list information about preservatives and the amount of processing that takes place.  But I’m not keeping my fingers crossed for that one.

* To read more about the contest held to redesign the new label, click here.

DK

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